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Thousands attend Leicester house fire memorial

Thousands of mourners have turned out for a memorial service for the victims of the house fire in Wood Hill, Leicester.

Thousands of people are attending the memorial. Credit: PA

Memorial prayers have been held since 4pm in Spinney Hill Park to honour mother Shehnila Taufiq, her daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal and Jamil, who were killed in the fire at their home last month.

The father, Neurosurgeon Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar, told ITV News Midlands he was reluctant to return to the scene of the fire.

Death blaze could have been accident

Tests at the scene of a house fire which killed a woman and four of her children in Essex suggest that the blaze may have started accidentally. Police investigating the blaze on Monday say they are not ruling any possibility out and are continuing to investigate whether it was an arson attack.

However, early results suggest the fire started in the lounge at the rear of the house and no accelerant, such as petrol, was used. Doctor Sabah Usmani, her sons Sohaib, 11, and Rayyan, 6, and 12-year-old daughter Hira died in their terrace house in Barn Mead, Harlow, in the early hours of Monday.

A third son, Muneeb, nine, and second daughter Maheen, three, were rescued by fire crews and taken to hospital in a critical condition but Muneeb later died. Ms Usmani's husband, Abdul Shakoor, also a doctor, suffered minor injuries as he fought to rescue his family from the blaze.